Essen's sights – how the metropolis in the Ruhr region welcomes its visitors

If you want to discover every facet of the metropolis in the Ruhr region, you need to spend some time: From current cultural events to timeless signs to a pulsating city life, Essen has just about everything.

Overview of our excursion advice

  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Zeche Zollverein
  • Grugapark
  • Ruhr valley cycle track
  • Villa Hügel
  • Baldeneysee lake
  • Monumnet path inner city of Essen
  • Lichtburg
  • Trade fair Essen
  • Colosseum Theater
  • Philharmonie Essen
  • Museum Folkwang
  • Ruhr Museum
  • Margarethenhöhe cave
  • Simply Out Tours – guided tours
  • Shopping in the Limbecker Platz
  • Red Dot Design Museum

Essen in 267 Sekunden

Kulturhochburg, Designzentrum, Freizeitpark und Co. - entdecken Sie die vielfältigen Gesichter der Stadt

Zeche Zollverein in Essen

Zeche Zollverein: Industrial culture up close

Immerse yourself in the mining past of an entire region in the World Cultural Heritage Zeche Zollverein in die Bergbau-Vergangenheit and let the only UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in the Ruhr area to date amaze you. Follow the monument path and admire city development in Essen in light of industrialisation. You could also explore noticeable buildings, art and culture in the public space along the blue stones of the culture path.

The Red Dot Design Museum is also located on the premises of the Zeche Zollverein. About 2,000 exhibits, products and objects of daily use that are characterised by good design can be found here on 4,000 sqm. Innovation, originality and beautiful forms from more than 45 countries are exhibited here. All products have received the Red Dot Design Award from an international expert jury in a global competition.

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Grugapark – A meeting place for the entire family

Grugapark in Essen is a Botanical garden and spa, but also a site of many exciting activities and opportunities for active free time design. Barbecue places, playgrounds, open-air events and much more can be found here.

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Ruhr valley cycle track – a mandatory stop for cycling fans

The Ruhr valley cycle track is loved by nature enthusiasts and everyone who likes to go on long bicycle rides. Enjoy the well-developed track and let the hotel spoil you in between sections.

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Aalto-Musiktheater and Grillotheater

The plays of the Aalto-Musiktheater are particularly popular among opera and ballet lovers. The Grillotheater shows changing theatre plays that enchant many visitors every time. Live entertainment can be experienced in the GOP Variety-Theater Essen as well. Escape from everyday stress for a few hours and enjoy a full evening of pure enjoyment!

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Be in the middle of it

Profit not only from proximity and comfortable path to your selected activities during your stay at the Welcome Hotel Essen, but also from attractive specials that make your holiday even more memorable. If you want to check your knowledge of Essen and its free-time offers beforehand, use our existing Ruhr quiz to get to know the beauties of the Ruhr region!

Excursion advice that stands out

Apart from the metropolis of Essen itself, there are many other towns worth visiting throughout the Ruhr region. They are all quick and easy to reach. You may visit the Alpincenter in Bottrop, spend memorable film moments in the Movie Park Germany near Bottrop-Kirchhellen or in the ZOOM Erlebniswelt in Gelsenkirchen. You may also let the Starlight Express artists in Bochum amaze you, or drop by at the Gasometer Oberhausen. Things surely will never get boring!

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Find the perfect framework program here

Our hotel wants to offer perfect service not just within its own walls. We want to support you in your free-time choices as well. We will gladly present various framework programs of our hotel for a diverse holiday in the Ruhr region. How about a comfortable city round tour through the Ruhr metropolis? Take a seat in the open double-decker cabrio bus and enjoy the round trip through the city areas. You can choose between various deals and adjust the duration of this tour to your free time.

Essen in 100 minutes

The round tours in the state-of-the-art double decker cabrio bus presents the change of the city centre from the mining industry to a modern economic, trading and service metropolis at the heart of the Ruhr region to you. See Essen in its true form!

Are you overwhelmed by the diversity of the offer? No problem at all – we have made a pre-selection for you in our offers and summarised the highlights of the region in attractive deals. We recommend, among other things, our offer for city tours. Spend a "Perfect Weekend" in Essen! The offer includes two nights in a Superior Plus room with breakfast buffet. After your arrival in the hotel and a refreshing welcome drink at the LoungeBar, you can start your holiday quite relaxed. The special also offers an information package about the city, free underground parking and a 3-course menu in the hotel's Restaurant SunnySide as well as tickets for the GOP variety show. We look forward to having you!

17 €
  • Various tours are available
  • Duration: between 1 and 3 hours
  • Departure at the tourism centre across from the main train station; can be booked via Essen Marketing

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